Instead of Sewn Inside Myself Forever

“[And] I couldn’t disagree with those sheep because I would run away from me, too, if I was a sheep and not me and even if I was me, I’d still like, some mornings, to be the thing running far from me instead of sewn inside myself forever.”
Catherine Lacey, Nobody is Ever Missing (2014)

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Object in the World

Donald Barthelme, “Not-Kowing,” Not Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme (1997)

Mallarmé’s work is also, and perhaps most importantly, a step towards establishing a new ontological status for the poem, as an object in the world rather than a representation of the world.